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    Presidio of San Francisco

    California

Hermit Thrush

(Catharus guttatus)
 
Hermit Thrush
An Hermit Thrush at the Presidio Hills area near the Public Health Service Hospital.
Will Elder, NPS
 

Natural History: The Hermit Thrush eats insects, spiders, earthworms, and much fruit. It nests on the ground or in shrubs. It prefers moist habitats.

General Distribution: In the Presidio, this species can be found in willow, scrub, oak, and ornamental areas.

Frequency: This species is common at the Presidio in all seasons but the summer.

Identifying Characteristics: The Hermit Thrush has a prominently speckled breast and gray-brown back. It has complete whitish eye ring and a relatively long, slender beak.

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Did You Know?

Detail from Spanish Coat of Arms

While stationed at the Presidio, the U.S. Army adopted the Coat of Arms of Royal Spain for heraldry purposes. The seal appeared on vehicles, signs, and badges throughout the post.